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Sun Nov 16th 2014
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
We will head East from Wantage and take lunch in Wallingford or Benson. This ride will be towards the shorter and gentler end of 3* all-day rides, 53 miles at 11-14mph on the flat, and medium-hilly - so a good choice for people who want to try a classic all-day touring ride. Optional tea stop at Chilton Garden Centre on the way back.

Should finish before dark, but please bring lights just in case.

There will be one or two traffic-free sections, one has a rough surface (but smoother than my usual standards ;-) it is fine on a touring bike, probably ok on a gently ridden racer but unfortunately I haven't had a chance to test this!). This includes a special 'secret' section which makes a key link in the network of available routes.

Weather is looking ok!

Monthly 80-100km (50-65 miles) all-day touring ride, lunch and possibly tea stop en route, at a riding pace of 18-22km/h (11-14mph). Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing almost inevitable.
Riders:
David Talboys
John Davies
Lyn Taylor
Nick Dunton
Robin Tucker
Riders = 5

Weather:
white cloudcold
Report:
We were lucky to find a gap in the rain and wind for a very pleasant and very companionable trip to Wallingford and a bit beyond.

We set off via Denchworth, Steventon, Sutton Courtenay and Appleton. We had decided on a 'two stop strategy'. So the first stop at 1130 was at Cathierine's cafe Wallingford (on its 1st anniversary!). Here 3 of us ate a second breakfast and the other 2 opted for very good fruit bread. Recommended.

We then looped around Ewelme and Benson and via the old railway south of Didcot to Chilton Garden Centre for our tea stop. Here we refuelled on more cake and tea.

Then it was time for the 'secret' off-road section. A track permitted by the farmer up to the road near Bury Down. There was a short unrideable section at the bottom (<10m), but on the rest it was mostly firm packed track and Dave got his race bike up it with no problems.

Once there it was up and down via Farnborough to Chain Hill and down into Wantage to end the ride, still in daylight at about 3:30pm.
Distance:
86.90 km (54.00 mi)
 
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Start Locations
WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
Categories
1* - Suitable for irregular, social, beginner or family riders, pace will match the slower riders. Not hilly or long. Expect rides up to 3 hours. Gentle exercise.
2* - Suitable for regular riders who prefer to cover some distance but at a more relaxed pace. Likely to be half-day rides. Solid exercise.
3* - Suitable for experienced riders, may be hilly, long, quick, or any combination! Likely to be half or full-day rides. Challenging exercise.
4* - Suitable for athletic riders who can ride safely above the 3* standard. Quick rides for the fit.
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